Visitor reviews for Vogel Ski Resort
February 27, 2012
Yvonne Barnicoat from United Kingdom
We visited Vogel on February 18th 2011 for a week with friends for a budget holiday. The area is beautiful visually and Vogel itself would keep a beginner or inexperienced intermediate happy for a week if it was all open and had decent snow. For the first 2 days, only 2 slopes were open and there were no snow making cannons. Day 3 we went to Krvavek following a snowfall - Beware that from Vogel there is no ski bus to any other open resorts this year, you have to get a taxi to Bled and ski bus from there. This is annoying when you have an area pass.
Vogel was good the last 3 days of the holiday, all runs were open but it was a local holiday and the queues were horrendous on the lifts and one could wait up to an hour for the cable up the mountain. The snow was melting to slush on our last day.
Overall: 3.9. Based on 17 votes and 10 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Vogel.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Vogel, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Vogel, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.1
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.2
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Vogel.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.6
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Vogel, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Vogel is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Vogel relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.8
(1) There are no snow groomers at Vogel, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Vogel are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Vogel is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Vogel, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.6
(1) Vogel usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.6
(1) The staff at Vogel are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Vogel are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.5
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 3.9
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Vogel has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Vogel, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 4.2
(1) Not even a kicker at Vogel, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Vogel, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Vogel has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.1
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 2.8
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.4
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 3.9
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.1
(1) Overall, Vogel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.4
(1) Overall, Vogel is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 12, 2012
Tony from United Kingdom
When the snow and weather conditions are right, there is no better place to go!
A great place for all the family and it's very good value.
Okay, there's not enough if you're going for a week but it's great for a couple of days. If there is snow right down to the bottom you can ski all the way down and it is a challenging run that will test even the best!
January 16, 2009
Janos Toth from Hungary
Currently I am working in Slovenia, so HQ is in Ljubljana. It takes about 1h 15minutes to get to Vogel. Krvavec (also a nice place) is next to Ljubljana, but Vogel is the real ACE place.
The mountains are amazing scenery for skiing. Ideal for everybody. There are not so hard tracks, but everybody can find a challenge. Arriving before 8am is very recommended to take free parking place not too far away from the gondola. Quality of the tracks? Five star. People? Five star. Everybody speaks English.
It is a great place in summertime also: I'm planning to return here to with my motorbike.
January 07, 2009
Nick Russill from United Kingdom
A visit to the Slovenian ski resort of Vogel over New Year provided a pleasant surprise in terms of experiencing one of the friendliest, accomodating and most cosmopolitan countries in Europe.
I can recommend staying at the Hotel Jezero on the Bohinj lake, or there is an excellent youth hostel just up the road where good reviews were made by some other people staying there. Watch out for the ski bus from Bohinj to the resort of Vogel; there are only three in the morning and two in the evening and two of these did not turn up on New Year's Day (I hope it was the fact that it was a bank holiday), so if you have a car there is lots of parking at the foot of the mountain.
Talking of driving to Slovenia, we flew to Venice and drove the 3 hours in a hire car which was excellent value using the snow-forecast.com member discount with Holiday Autos. A word of advice to anyone with a Tomtom GPS - the "fastest route" takes you on a hair raising traverse of several valleys along steep, icy inclines with sparse guardrails. It provides an interesting insight to rural life in Slovenia, but is not recommended for the faint hearted. The regular route on the motorways via Ljubljana takes a similar time.
Once at Vogel ski resort, there is only one way up: an 80 person capacity gondola, so be prepared for a bit of a wait or get there early in the morning. In Vogel itself, the resort is small but incredibly friendly and queues are minimal. I managed to cover all the lifts and runs on a snowboard in under 3 hours, but it provided a relaxing break with stunning views over the 45m deep Bohinj lake, the famous mountain of Triglav and the ranges of the Julian Alps.
Everything in Slovenia was excellent value, and those who want a high standard of ski lessons or kit hire in Vogel are recommended to go to the Servis Finžgar shop at the top of the gondola.
I'd like to return to Vogel again for the snow and also in the summer where there are many opportunities for kayaking, canyoning, trails and mountain biking.
November 26, 2008
Jenny Skinner from United Kingdom
I went skiing for the first time last year and chose Vogel as the place to learn. I am very glad I did, I had a great time. The ski school that we used was really good; lots of fun. I find it hard to fault the place as a beginner, although I can see that experienced skiers may find it limiting, although the area ski pass does allow you to go to any ski resort in Slovenia. The only negative I can find is that there were national holidays on the last two days of our holidays and this made getting up the mountain a bit miserable because of the amount of Slovenians that had decided to go skiing. But all in all a really lovely resort, friendly people and tonnes of snow.
October 28, 2008
Peter from Germany
Great freeride terrains and nice snowboard park.Meet some nice people there.I will come back for sure.
July 22, 2008
Maria from United Kingdom
The first time we went to Vogel in February 2007 we loved it - good snow, few queues, friendly people. The second time we went in February 2008 unfortunately it was a holiday week in Slovenia and it was packed out. Despite the fact that from our hotel you had to take the ski bus to the gondola (the bust takes about 20 mins and runs every hour) the first time we loved the peace and quiet, however, the second time we would have to queue abuot 30 mins just to get to the slopes and then every lift had a massive queue. On the last day we did not even attempt to get to the gondola as the traffic queue for the car park was over 2km long!! The snow was excellent, but after a couple of hours of masses of people it turned into a bit of a mess. This resort is perfect for beginners but make sure you do not coincide with a national holiday week as you will have the whole of Ljubljana trying to get into the gondola. If you get your dates right though it really is paradise.
April 08, 2008
tony croxley from United Kingdom
Just go. Great conditions in March 08. Amazing views and setting. Out of this world. Runs may be limited, but snow was good; no queues, and fair amount of off-piste. A completely different experience to your normal alpine experience, but magical.
April 01, 2008
Malcolm from United Kingdom
Visited March 2008
Fantastic: 300cm of snow, no apres-ski, just a very simple unpretentious, wonderful place.
February 16, 2006
Tony Croxley from United Kingdom
Went early Feb 06. Stayed at the Ski Hotel at 1500m at the top of the gondola. Great experience. Amazing views of the Bohinj basin from up there. Really enjoyed my time there. Runs overall short and rather limited but what there is is good and conditions were fine. Check out other resorts, in particular Kobla 8km down the road. Runs there are longer and a bit more challenging. Excellent weekend riding destination.